Fonds RBSC-ARC-1151 - Claire Culhane fonds

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Claire Culhane fonds

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RBSC-ARC-1151

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  • 1975-1996 (Creation)
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    Culhane, Claire, 1918-1996

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17 m of textual records

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The daughter of Russian Jewish refugees, Claire Culhane was born in Montreal and moved to Vancouver in the early 1950s. In 1976 as a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee at the B.C. Penitentiary, she began working tirelessly for prison reform. Founder and most vocal member of the Vancouver-based Prisoners' Rights Group, Culhane has written two books on prison reform and her experiences in fighting the prison system entitled "Barred from Prison" (1979) and "Still Barred from Prison" (1985). A biography was written about her by Mick Lowe entitled "One Woman Army". Claire Culhane passed away in 1996.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, subject files, printed material, and documents related to Culhane's social justice activities, particularly concerning prisoner's rights and prison reform.

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Restrictions on access imposed at time of donation has been lifted. Access covered by RBSC Research Agreement. Publication requires permission of estate.

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Restriction note updated April 1, 2019 by K. Laszlo.

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